23rd Oct2012

Schedule for second round of state volleyball playoffs

by Lee Wagner

After the first round of the state volleyball playoffs three area high schools have moved on but no more than two and no less than one team will advance to the third round as two local schools matchup tonight in the second round of the state playoffs.

Topsail is on tap first with a 6 p.m. start as they host South Lenoir, then over at Pender High School the Lady Patriots will host the Lady Bulldogs of Dixon at 7 p.m.

The following is a schedule of Tuesday night’s games:



No. 2 Dixon (12-7) at No. 1 Pender (21-5), 7:00 p.m.

No. 4 Midway (12-10) at No. 1Princeton (14-6)

No. 2 Rosewood (16-8) at No. 1 Southwest Onslow (16-4)

No. 2 Lakewood (21-2) at No. 1 South Robeson (17-4)


No. 3 South Lenoir (14-9) at No. 1 Topsail (20-3), 6:00 p.m.

No. 2 East Duplin (19-2) at No. 1 Fairmont (13-5)

No. 5 Croatan (12-8) at No. 3 Bartlett-Yancey (8-15)


No. 5 Jacksonville (11-11) at No. 1 South Brunswick (15-4)

No. 2 West Brunswick (14-8) at No. 1 D. H. Conley (24-3)


No. 2 Ashey (167-5) at No. 1 Garner (22-3)

No. 3 Hoggard (17-6) at No. 1 J. R. Rose-Greenville (18-3)

23rd Oct2012

1st annual TIAR Golf Tournament

by Contributor

HAMPSTEAD - The Topsail Island Association of Realtors to host its 1st annual TIAR Golf Tournament to benefit local charities on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Old Point Country Club in Hampstead. Fee includes cart, greens fees, range balls, prizes, lunch and more. Call today to sign up a team, sponsor or donate a prize: 910-329-1406.

22nd Oct2012

Lady Bulldogs tame Lady Tigers to open playoffs,
head to Pender for second round

by Lee Wagner

HOLLY RIDGE – Last year (2011) the Dixon High School volleyball team finished with a 14-7 record, advancing to the third round of the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs before falling 3-1 to Princeton in Coach Heather Moore’s first year as coach after replacing Fay Hall.

That success continued this season as the Lady Bulldogs were co-champions of the Coastal Plains 1A Conference (with Southwest Onslow), finished the regular season with an 11-7 record, and have now advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

This time, however, the road to the third round appears to be a bit bumpier as the Lady Bulldogs – the No. 2 seed out of the Coastal Plains Conference – must now head to Burgaw for a second-round match with the Lady Patriots of Pender, the top seed out the very tough Tri-County 1A Conference.

Still, a playoff win is a playoff win, and for a few days at least the Lady Bulldogs can enjoy the one they have.

Senior Kelsey Pearce had eight digs, seven assists, three service points, three kills, and a pair of aces in an all-around complete game to lead Dixon to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 26-24) win over James Kenan on Saturday in the opening round of the NCHSA 1A state playoffs in Holly Ridge.

The Lady Bulldogs (12-6) will now head to Burgaw for a game with the tall, talented, and hard-hitting Lady Patriots (21-5), whose losses have come to 2A power Topsail (twice), 4A Hoggard, 4A Laney (they beat them the second time), 3A West Brunswick (they also avenged that loss), and conference foe Lakewood (21-2). Lakewood’s only two losses this year were to Pender, and they are in the second round of the playoffs after a 3-0 spanking of Ayden-Grifton.

The winner of Tuesday’s game between Dixon and Pender will face Lakewood should they dispose of second-round foe South Robeson on Tuesday.

“I had a good feeling about today’s game, they seemed ready to play and they were unified, Dixon Coach Heather Moore said.”

James Kenan, as they had proven during the Tri-County 1A Conference season, proved to be a scrappy team and they were in a 10-10 deadlock with the Lady Bulldogs in the opening game before senior Miranda Davis took over the service.

Dixon – behind four aces from Davis and a pair of blocks by Bailie Saeger – went on an 11-3 run that produced a 21-12. An ace by Pearce put the first game in the victory column.

The Lady Tigers did not have the luxury of even staying close with Dixon in the second game that the Lady Bulldogs led start-to-finish. A 12-3 run that included two kills from Davis and a pair of aces from senior Kellie Peterson put Dixon in the envious position of leading two-games-to-none.

Dixon led 24-17 at one point in the third game but James Kenan fought back and forged a tie at 24-24 on an unforced Lady Bulldogs’ error. But a ball hit into the net by the Lady Tigers and a kill by senior Allison Brown produced the two-point, third-game victory, and ended the match.

“I thought we played well,” Moore said. “The hitters and the setters were connecting, and a lot of our hitters were on, and we had some good blocks although they didn’t get a lot of good hits on us.”

J. Kenan         19-12-24

Dixon              25-25-26

Dixon: Kelsey Pearce 3 points, 3 kills,  7 assists, 8 digs; Miranda Davis 9 points, 0 kills, 1 block, 15 digs; Caitlin Trexel 14 points, 2 aces, 4 digs; Allison Brown 3 points, 3 kills, 1 block, 5 digs.

22nd Oct2012

Spartans blank Titans at home

by Lee Wagner

ROCKY POINT – It just isn’t getting any better for the Trask High School football team when you consider they were routed by a rather mundane 5-4 football team this past Friday, and chance are very good that it will get worse this week when the Titans travel to Warsaw for a conference battle with unbeaten 8-0, 5-0) James Kenan on their own turf on their Senior Night.

The one thing the Titans (0-8 0-5) can hope for is the Tigers will be looking past them and that James Kenan Coach Ken Avent, Jr. decides to rest a lot of his starters in anticipation of the showdown the next week against rival Wallace-Rose Hill.

But after what happened this past Friday maybe the only thing the Titans can hope for is the players don’t fold the tent even before the opening whistle. It’s been that tough of a season.

Union’s Hagan Thornton took a blocked punt 75 yards for a touchdown, and later returned an interception 50 yards for a score as Union whitewashed Trask 41-0 on Friday in a Tri-county 1A Conference football game in Titantown.

The Titan offense could manage just 127 yards against the Spartans’ defense – 114 of those yards on the ground as the Trask passing game once again made the offense one dimensional.

Late in the first quarter Trask lined up for a field goal but it was blocked and Thornton scooped up the bouncing ball and returned it 75 yards to give the Spartans a 7-0 lead with 5:15 left in the opening period.

Less than four minutes later Spartan Bakeem Murphey made it 14-0 with a five-yard touchdown run. The lead mushroomed to 21-0 when Murphey broke off a 65-yard scoring jaunt with 2:40 until intermission.

Thornton all but put the exclamation mark on the win when he picked off an errant Titan pass and pranced 50 yards into the end zone in producing a 27-0 Union lead.

A 37-yard scoring run and a 42-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter accounted for the final lopsided score.

Union              14-7-6-14=41

Trask                0-0-0-  0-  0

First Quarter

Union – Hagan Thornton 75 with blocked punt (Kick good), 5:15

Union – Bakeem Murphey 5 run (Kick good), 0:44

Second Quarter

Union – Bakeem Murphey 65 run (Kick good), 2:40

Third Quarter

Union – Hagan Thornton 50 interception return (Kick failed), 4:01

Fourth Quarter

Union – 37-yard run (Kick good), 10:15

Union – 42-yard run (kick good), 8:00

Statistics: Rushing – Trask: Dalen Faison 21-67, Dashawn Walker 14-40, Jakita Lane 7-7. Union: Bakeem Murphey 6-66, Daniel Glover 3-56. Passing – Trask: Dashawn Walker 2-4-13. Union: Alfredo Garcia 3-7-75. Receiving – Trask: Austin Richardson 1-3, Kemodrick James 1-10. Union: Ryan Hall 1-23, Daniel Glover 1-22. Defense – Trask: Arthur Brown 3 tackles, interception; Austin Richardson 3 tackles; D. J. Love 4 tackles, interception; Jakita Lane 2 tackles; Kemodrick James 7 tackles, caused fumble; Rakeus Graham 1 tackle; Ruben Chavez 3 tackles, fumble recovery; Jordan Davis 4 tackles; Allen Lee 7 tackles; Brandon Gardner 1 tackle; Sam McFee 5 tackles, interception; Jervon Faison  2 tackles. Union: Hagan Thornton 6 tackles, blocked punt returned for touchdown, interception returned for touchdown; Justin Smith 9.5 tackles, 3 sacks; Anfernee Cromartie 15.5 tackles, 1 sack, 3 fumble recoveries.

22nd Oct2012

Lady Patriots humble Hobbton for third time,
play Dixon at home in 2nd round

by Lee Wagner

BURGAW – It’s hard to imagine what the volleyball coach at Hobbton High School was thinking last Thursday when she went to the NCHSAA website to look at the playoff matchups, only to see that her Lady Wildcats were scheduled to play a conference foe – Pender – for the third time this season.

There could have been a bit of excitement considering they had won a game against the Lady Patriots in their first Tri-County 1A Conference meeting on Aug. 28 or that they had won twice and took Pender to five games before falling 3-2 on Sept. 20.

Or there could have been the resolve that Pender Coach Matt Davis was a pretty nice guy those first two times by substituting often to let some of his non-starters get some game action against a less-talented team.

Either way, it’s a sure bet there was little joy on the bus ride back to Newton Grove as the Lady Wildcats fell to Pender for the third time – this one ending their season for good.

Senior Kayvia Thompson had seven kills, a block, 10 aces, and four digs, and classmate K. B. Hansley had five kills, an ace, and a pair of digs as Davis went a little lighter in the substitution route in Pender’s 3-0 (27-17, 25-11, 25-20) win over Hobbton on Saturday in the opening round of the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs.

The Lady Patriots (21-5), the top-seed out of the Tri-County Conference, now move on to a Tuesday matchup at home at 7:00 p.m. against Dixon (12-7), the second-seeded team out of the Coastal Plains 1A Conference. Dixon advanced with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 26-24) win over James Kenan – a team Pender beat twice during the regular season and once in the conference tournament. Those scores were 3-1 (25-14, 25-18, 16-25, 25-20) the first time, 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-8) the second time, and 3-1 (25-21, 10-25, 25-11, 25-19) in the conference tournament. The Lady Patriots and the Lady Bulldogs did not meet during the regular season.

“For a first-round game against a conference opponent I was pleased,” Davis said. “We didn’t play our best, but given we were trying a different lineup for the first time without much practice time the girls did well.

“We’ll be all right going forward because the girls understand how they can play and what they have to do to make sure they play the way they are capable of playing.”

Given the fact this was the third time the Lady Patriots had played Hobbton with no real challenge it was difficult for the Pender girls to really get into the first game. Pender missed six serves in the first game – three of them first serves and another two were second serves. The Lady Patriots had difficulty getting any long runs going, thus the closer-than-it-should-have-been eight-point win.

Between games the Pender girls seemed to regain their focus and they came out playing much better. Thompson led the charge with an early service run that included five aces that put the game out of reach quickly. By the end of the game Davis was substituting freely and substitutes Gelleana Mendez and Meghan Cleary came up with strong kills to close out the 14-point victory.

Cassidy Miller got the Lady Patriots going with a strong service run to start the third game, and Thompson followed that with another strong serve that included five more aces. Hobbton (11-11) did show some life late in the game, but the rally came too late to make a difference.

Hobbton         17-11-20

Pender            25-25-25

Pender: Kyvia Thompson 7 kills, 1 block, 10 aces, 4 digs; K. B. Hansley 5 kills, 1 ace, 2 digs; Brenee’ Jones 1 kill, 1 assist, 6 blocks, 1 ace; Ruby Gasca 1 ace, 1 dig; Jackie Sanabria 19 assists, 3 aces; Brianna Pittman 4 kills, 2 blocks; Cassidy Miller 4 kills, 1 block, 6 aces, 2 digs; Journey Knowles 1 block; Meghan Cleary 1 kill; Katy Stewart 1 ace; Gelleana Mendez 1 kill.

22nd Oct2012

Relay golf tournament a success

by Ken Clarke

HAMPSTEAD – In an effort to spark fund raising for this year’s Pender County Relay for Life event, organizers decided to try a different, if not time honored approach, hosting a golf tournament.

The gamble paid off as the organization reached its goal of raising $6,000.

The tournament was held on Friday at Olde Point Golf and Country Club and drew more than 80 participants.

“Thank you to all the players, volunteers, sponsors, donating businesses. Without each of you our 1st “Cancer Tees Me Off” would not have been possible and certainly not as profitable,” said Co-Chair Stephanie Ottaway on the group’s Facebook page. “Through your generosity, we raised $6,000 as our first fundraising event for the 2013 Relay Season,”

To follow the Pender County Relay For Life Events please follow them on Facebook by clicking the following link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Relay-For-Life-of-Pender-County/228434633861424?ref=stream

22nd Oct2012

Poage, Smith lead Topsail past Clinton in 2A
volleyball playoff opener

by Lee Wagner

HAMPSTEAD – It is the NCHSAA 2A state volleyball playoffs but – so far and possibly into the future – you could say it’s just an extension of play in the East Central 2A Conference when it comes to the first couple of rounds of the playoffs for Topsail High School.

In its infinite wisdom (sic), the NCHAA had Topsail playing host to conference foe Clinton in the first round of the playoffs, and now it is etched in stone that the Lady Blue Devils of South Lenoir will be coming to Hampstead for a third go-around with the Lady Pirates on Tuesday.

Saturday the Lady Pirates made it three-of-three over Clinton, and now they will have to do the same with South Lenoir to advance to Thursday’s third round.

Senior Carlie Smith Poage had 17 kills, two blocks, an assist, and seven digs, and classmate Angie Poage set her up with several of her 17 assists – adding two aces, two kills, and four digs to her statistical ledger – as Topsail defeated Clinton 3-0 (25-124, 25-13, 25-4) on Saturday in the opening round of the 2A volleyball playoffs in Hampstead.

The Lady Pirates (19-3) now move on to face South Lenoir (14-9) on Tuesday, tentatively at 6 p.m. Topsail, the No. 1 seed out of the East Central, beat South Lenoir 3-1 in both of their conference matches but the Lady Blue Devils were the only conference team to even win a game against the Lady Pirates (42-2) – and they did it in both of the previous matches.

South Lenoir (14-9 and the third-seeded team from the conference) beat Eastern Randolph (13-7 and the second seed from the Mid-State Conference) 3-1. Six East Central teams entered the playoffs and four moved on. Clinton, a wildcard selection, lost to Topsail, No. 2-seed East Duplin (19-2) beat the Waccamaw Conference’s third seed Whiteville (8-13) 3-0, and fifth-seeded Croatan (12-8) beat the Waccamaw Conference’s top-seeded team, West Bladen (12-5), 3-0. Fourth-seeded Swansboro (9-10) fell 3-0 to the Waccamaw’s second seed South Columbus.

“It was a pretty routine win,” said Topsail Assistant Coach Tracey Shugarts, who was standing in for Hill Pearsall as he attended a family wedding in New Orleans. “The seniors took over and did a good job of leading the team. Hill doesn’t have to worry when it comes to them.”

Pearsall certainly does not have to worry when it comes to Poage and Smith, who appear to be almost joined at the hip when it comes to sets and slams. The Lady Pirates took the first game by 11, and the second game – behind 12 kills by Smith – 25-14 before jumping out to an early 10-1 advantage in the third game.

That prompted Shugarts to start the substitution path, and most of the starting upperclassmen spent a good portion of that final game on the bench. Sophomore Kayla Hyatt had three kills and two blocks, junior Sarah Woodward had a block, and junior Jenna Register had a pair of aces in helping the Lady Patriots to an overwhelming 21-point victory.

Clinton           14-13-  4

Topsail            25-25-24

Topsail: Kayla Hyatt 4 kills, 10 digs, two blocks; Sammie Proulx 3 digs; Reagan Holloway 4 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace; Sarah Woodward 1 kill, 1 assist, 1 block, 4 digs; Angie Poage 17 assists, 2 kills, 4 digs, 2 aces; Kaleigh Bordeaux 2 digs; Carlie Smith 17 kills, 2 blocks, 1 assist, 7 digs; Jenna Register 3 aces, 2 assists; Summer Darnell 1 kill, 1 ace, 6 digs; Lacey Akerley 2 aces, 2 digs; Chandler Skipper 1 assist, 8 digs.

21st Oct2012

Pirates find new baseball coach in western
section of the state

by Lee Wagner

HAMPSTEAD – According to reports there was somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 applicants for the varsity baseball coaching job at Topsail High School, and that is definitely a tribute to both the academic and baseball reputation at the school.

It also doesn’t hurt that the school is close to the beach, and that also played a factor in what turned out to be the final decision on the part of both the administration and the new head coach.

Once that number of applications was sifted through the number was reduced to a handful of interviews, and out of those interviews Principal Berry Simmons and Athletics Director B. J. Horne chose Granville Gehris, who has been the head baseball at Clyde A. Erwin High School in Asheville for the past several years

“Coach Gehris had a great interview and is very energetic and passionate about the game of baseball,” Horne said. “He turned a program that struggled in baseball into a perennial contender, and he came into the interview with a plan about everything from fundraising to off-season workouts. He was the right fit.”

Gehris hails from Haddonfield, N. J., where he played baseball for a legendary coach (Doug Eastwick). He first attended Rider University in Lawrenceville (NJ) before some injuries changed his collegiate direction. After stops at Gloucester County College in Blackwood (NJ) and the University of Maryland, Gehris wound up at UNC-Asheville.

“I was fortunate in some respects that after a series of injuries UNCA was still willing to offer me a baseball scholarship,” said Gehris, who was a pitcher on the baseball team in high school and at the collegiate level, and who was also on the swim team in high school. “It turned out to be a very good move because I met my wife (Leslie) there.”

Leslie Gehris was a standout volleyball player who went to UNCA as a walk-on before earning a volleyball scholarship. She wound up breaking the school record for digs at UNCA and was a member of several collegiate all-star teams.

A former unpaid assistant coach had moved over to Erwin as the head coach and as soon as Gehris graduated from UNCA (2004) he joined the Warriors as the pitching coach, becoming the head coach the following year (2006).

The Erwin program had not had much success on the baseball diamond until Gehris arrived but that changed as they became a frequent member of the NCHSAA 3A state playoffs. After the 2011 season the Warriors lost eight starters but they came back to win the Mountain West 3A/4A Conference title last year before falling 6-1 to RS Central in the first round of the 3A playoffs.

“We had not beaten (4A) T. C. Roberson since 1994 but we beat them (6-2) last year and that was a mighty big win for the program,” Gehris said.

Gehris, who has four small children – McKensie (6), Cade (4), Kameron (2), and Madison (5 months old) – is the first to admit the timing for moving from the mountains to the coast is unusual in the middle of the school year but he outlined several factors in making the move.

“I know the timing is crazy but, first off, I’m a beach guy coming from Southern New Jersey and that was a motivation for moving to the coast,” Gehris said. “Also, my wife and I wanted to be in a better place to raise our children and we had to make a decision as a family. It definitely happened quickly. The interview was in late September and I found out I got the job in the last 10 days.”

Gehris will teach History at Topsail. Leslie is also a teacher (Biology) and she is looking into a position as a teacher with Exceptional Children. They have put an offer in on a house in Holly Ridge and will be putting their house on the market. Gehris will be arriving at Topsail on the Monday (Nov. 26) after Thanksgiving.

Before he accepted the job, Gehris did his homework.

“I did some research and found they had been on the radar as a solid program for the last several years or so, and I wanted to be a part of that type of program,” Gehris said. “As for expectations, I put more expectations on myself than I do anywhere else. But from what I have gathered there is a winning mentality at Topsail. I can’t control what happened in the past (Gehris is Topsail’s third coach in three years – Ryan Morris resigned after one successful season to enter the business world) – I’m more for concentrating on the future.”

Gehris (31) said, despite his youth, he is a bit of an old-school coach who likes to concentrate on fundamentals and conditioning. One thing he does hope to do is get everyone involved in baseball in the area on the same page.

“One of the first things is to get with the youth leagues and the middle schools and have one system and one program to keep the winning tradition at the high-school level going,” Gehris said. “I’m a bit old school and we’re going to work on some conditioning and strengthening things like the sand bucket and wrist rolls so we are a complete team when it comes to conditioning.

“I know there is some good talent there now, and I have heard there are some potentially good players coming up but I’m not worried about winning as much as beginning a process. We had 23 kids from Erwin go on to play in college over the seven years I was there, and I would like to see those same opportunities be afforded to the Topsail players.

“I know I am definitely looking forward to coming to Topsail High School, becoming part of the community, and to the challenge of keeping the baseball program on the same successful path is has followed over the past several years.”

20th Oct2012

Pirates’ defense completely stymies Richlands in 41-6 win

by Contributor

HAMPSTEAD – When you are playing a team that has scored over 40 points (44 vs. West Carteret and 41 vs. South Lenoir) twice and lives and dies primarily by the big play behind a stable of speedy running backs, there are plenty of reasons to worry whether they can come to town and ruin your Senior Night Celebration – especially with four sophomores and a freshman in your starting defense.

Topsail High School football Coach Bryan Davis was concerned, concerned he might wind up in a bit of a shootout with the desperate Wildcats of Richlands – whose playoff life was pretty much hanging in the balance.

But there is also a pretty good bunch of seniors on the defensive side of the ball and they took the younger Pirates under their collective wings and – as it turned out – the Pirates did most of the shooting, and the Wildcats spent a huge portion of the night going three-and-out when they weren’t turning the ball over to Topsail.

Senior Addison Futrell returned a fumble 36 yards for a touchdown, intercepted a pass, and was in on half-dozen tackles, senior Matt Gilgo had an interception and five stops, and freshman Grant McKoy came up with a late interception as Topsail delivered a 41-6 whipping to Richlands on Friday in an East Central 2A Conference football game in Hampstead shortly after honoring the band, cheerleading, cross-country, and football seniors in a Senior Night celebration.

So dominant was the defensive effort it limited the Wildcats to150 total yards of offense with 116 of those yards coming on an 80-yard touchdown run and 36 more coming on a well-executed throw and catch from Richlands’ quarterback Jamar Harrington to wide receiver Ladarius Marshall, who hauled in the throw with an excellent diving catch.

“We were concerned with their big-play abilities but in watching film they didn’t show the ability to sustain long drives so we gave them a different look defensively they hadn’t seen before in an effort to get them to run the plays we wanted them to run, and it was a testament to our kids that they executed that well,” Davis said.

The Pirates’ defense had RIchlands so confused at times they managed to net just two yards on offense in the first quarter, and a total of 31 yards in the first half.

While the Richlands’ offense was spinning its collective wheels against an inspired Tospail defense, the Pirates’ offense was efficiently, if not spectacularly, getting things done.

Three of the Pirates’ four possessions in the first half started in Richlands’ territory (40, 49, & 46 yard line) and the fourth started at the Pirates’ 42-yard line, and they took advantage on three of those four opportunities to score touchdowns.

Topsail drove 58 yards on 10 plays after receiving the opening kickoff with senior Devin Williams (17 carries, 121 yards, 3 TDs) capping the drive with a 10-yard run, and Alec Webster kicking the first of five extra points for a 7-0 lead just 3:59 into the game.

Webster’s kickoff pinned Richlands back on their own 19-yard line and a short punt set the Pirates up in business at the Wildcats’ 40-yard marker. It took six plays for Topsail to make it 14-0 – adding in a block-in-the-back penalty and a false-start penalty against the Pirates – on a two-yard burst by Williams.

It became 20-0 when Tyrekus Cooper burst into the end zone from three-yards out with 29.5 seconds left in the first half. Faced with an embarrassing total of nine yards of offense at that points, the Wildcats came up with the 36-yard pass play that gave them a first-and-goal at the Topsail 10-yard line with three seconds left in the half. A 33-yard field goal attempt went awry when a bad snap lost 14 yards on the play.

Richlands took the second-half kickoff and promptly went three-and-out, and another short punt put the ball on the Wildcats’ 40-yard line. Williams raced 17 yards on the first play and 23 yards to pay dirt on the second to increase the lead to 27-0 after just 2:50 of the second half.

McQueen gave the Wildcats a ray of hope when he outraced the Topsail defense for an 80-yard touchdown run with 1:05 left in the third quarter, and Ryan Marshall recovered an onside kick to put Richlands back in business on the ensuing kickoff. But on their second offensive play of that series Futrell picked up an errant pitch on a Richlands’ option and raced 36 yards into the end zone with 51 ticks remaining on the third-quarter clock to make it 34-6.

Sophomore quarterback Austin Schoenleber ended the scoring with a 35-yard run with 29 seconds gone in the fourth quarter after Gilgo intercepted a Wildcats’ pass.

“We pretty much did what we were coached to do,” said Futrell, who had the fumble recovery for a score, intercepted a pass, and racked up six tackles. “We read our responsibilities and got the job done.”

Also of note was the Pirates’ blocking on offense, especially a block by Hunter Jacobs on a 20-yard pass play that set Williams free, and an excellent outside block by Scott Houghteling on a Williams’ eight-yard run.

“It just shows how close this team is,” Davis said. “You have to love each other and do things when you don’t get credit, the little things, and this bunch has done that all season.”

The Pirates have one more conference game left in the regular season next week at Swansboro (4-6, 1-5) before heading into the playoffs with at least one home game should they prevail next Friday.

“We’re definitely on a roll,” said Futrell about the Pirates’ four-game winning streak. “It’s going to take a lot to stop us. If we stay healthy we’ll do some damage in the playoffs.”

Richlands         0-0-  6-0=  6

Topsail            14-6-14-7=41

First Quarter

Topsail – Devin Williams 10 run (Alex Webster kick), 8:01

Topsail – Devin Williams 3 run (Alec Webster kick), 4:01

Second Quarter

Topsail – Tyrekus Cooper 3 run (Kick failed), 0:29.5

                                                Third Quarter

Topsail – Devin Williams 23 run (Alex Webster kick), 9:10

Richlands – Kadarius McQueen 80 run (Pass failed), 1:05

Topsail – Addison Futrell 36 fumble return (Alec Webster kick), 0:51.0

Fourth Quarter

Topsail – Austin Schoenleber 35 run (Alec Webster kick), 11:51

Team Statistics:        Topsail          Richlands

First downs                     15                      4

Rushing                     43-210               26-116

Passing                      6-9-55               5-16-41

Sacks                      2-minus 13         1-minus 7

Penalties                     4-30                          4-20

Punts                        2-49-23.5          5-133-26.6

Individual Statistics: Rushing – Topsail: Devin Williams 17-121, Drew Gaither 7-26, Hunter Jacobs 5-23, Tykerus Cooper 3-20, Josh Jessup 8-16, Drew Bagwell 1-3, Matt Gilgo 2-1.  3-20, Josh Jessup 8-16, Drew Bagwell 1-3, Matt Gilgo 2-1. Richlands: Kadarius McQueen 8-77, Ethan Horne 9-25, Daniel Negron 1-16, Quentin Fenn 2-11, Jamar Harrington 5-minus-7, Ladarius Marshall 1-minus-6. Passing – Topsail: Austin Schoenleber 6-9-55. Richlands: Jamar Harrington 4-10-41. Receiving – Topsail: Devin Williams 3-38, Mason Kimmel 1-14, Hunter Jacobs 1-10, Josh Jessup 1-minus-2. Richlands: Ladarius Marshall 2-36, Ethan Horne 1-6, Kadarius McQueen 1-minus 0-1, Daniel Negron 1-0. Defense – Topsail: Addison Futrell 6 tackles, fumble return for touchdown, interception; Matt Gilgo 5 tackles, interception; Scott Houghteling 7 tackles; Josh Jessup 4 tackles, sack for minus-7 yards; Jakeem Smith 6 tackles; Mason Kimmel 3 tackles. Richlands: Tyler Sanders 6 tackles; Jacob Williams 5 tackles; James Harrington 5 tackles; Kadarius McQueen 4 tackles; Kaleb McPherson 4 tackles; Devon Council 4 tackles; Ryan Marshall 4 tackles, sack for minus-6 yards; Jaqua Williams 3 tackles, sack for minus-3 yards.

19th Oct2012

First annual “Cancer Tees Me Off” Golf Tournament

by Contributor

HAMPSTEAD –   The Relay For Life of Pender County 2013 campaign has begun and this year organizers are spreading their wings and offering more fundraisers in an attempt to make its 2013 annual event  bigger and better than ever.

One of the new fundraisers this year is a “Cancer Tees Me Off” golf tournament to be held on Oct. 19 at the Olde Point Golf and Country Club in Hampstead. The format is a Four Man Scramble/Captain’s Choice, with a 1 pm shot gun start.  Check-in that day begins at 11 am with box lunches provided to all pre-registered players.  There will be lots of prizes, including rounds of golf at area golf courses, as well as a chance to win a cruise by making a hole in one on a designated hole. The deadline to register to play is Oct. 12 and is open to amateur golfers at all skill levels.

This inaugural event will be held in memory of Vincent E. Palazzo, the father of JoAnn Palazzo, the Tournament Honorary Chair and Head Golf Pro at Olde Point. Mr. Palazzo lost his battle to colon cancer while his daughter, JoAnn is a colon cancer survivor herself.

To help get the 2013 campaign off and running, and to make this fun packed tournament a success, Relay For Life of Pender County needs the help of the community, along with players, to participate and they are looking for raffle items and sponsorships from local businesses. The raffle items can include gift certificates, merchandise, travel vouchers, gas cards, etc.

Businesses are encouraged to sponsor teams for just $340 which will include team registration for four players, one hole sponsorship and recognition at the event.  Players are eligible to win a cruise for a Hole in One on a specific hole. Local businesses or individuals that just wish to associate their name with a good cause can sponsor a hole for just $100 or for $25 they can have a Memory/Honor Flag on the 18th hole. These flags are for honoring and remembering a cancer patient and they will line the 18th hole beginning at the tee box.

For individuals that wish to sign up as a team of four, the cost is only $260, just $65 per individual, and it comes with boxed lunches, two nonalcoholic beverage tickets, two mulligans (redeemable on the front and back nine, except on prize holes), one raffle ticket and a gift bag. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased the day of event.

Anyone interested in a sponsorship or player registration, please contact Stephanie Ottaway at 910-470-3603 or Stephanie Hollis at 910-470-5506 or stop by the Olde Point Golf and Country Club  and see JoAnn to register. The deadline for both is Oct. 12.  Registration forms can be downloaded from the website at:  www.relayforlife.org/pendernc or obtained by contacting the above ladies.  Together, we save lives and create more birthdays by helping people stay well, get well, by finding cures and by fighting back!   Please join us!  All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Pender County.